Thursday, July 30, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Alcoholic Beverages Division and Department of Inspections and Appeals announced Thursday that the state of Iowa will take additional steps to enforce coronavirus mitigation efforts on social distancing and hygiene practices at bars, restaurants, and other food establishments. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ emergency public health disaster proclamation requires establishments to create at least 6 feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking alone, all patrons must have a seat at a table or bar, and an establishment must limit patrons from congregating closer than 6 feet.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – A 21-year-old Wisconsin woman died Tuesday afternoon after being struck by an unattended state-owned tractor near a beach at Clear Lake State Park. Mercedes Kohlhardt, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was vacationing with her boyfriend.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Food Bank of Iowa is seeing a big jump in the number of people it serves. Representatives said they have seen a more than 35% jump in people served since the beginning of March. They said children and seniors account for much of that increase. The organization serves Iowans of all ages across 55 counties. During the Food Bank’s 2020 fiscal year, which just ended on June 30, it served more than 1.1 million people.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque’s Art on the River exhibit has been cancelled because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. City leaders are hoping this will give them the opportunity to reinvent the exhibit for next year.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – RAGBRAI organizers announced Wednesday that a new bike ride scheduled for the fall is canceled. The Great Iowa Fall Ride was planned for Oct. 2-4 and set to be hosted by the city of Iowa Falls.